The Napoleon Bonaparte movie from director Ridley Scott and starring Joaquin Phoenix is close to signing another star. Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer is the top pick to play Josephine, Bonaparte’s wife, according to Deadline’s sources.
The site’s sources said it’s still “early” in the process, so Comer hasn’t officially signed on yet. However, Deadline said Comer is Scott’s top choice and “all signs point to it coming together.”
The movie is called Kitbag and it’s being made for Apple TV+. It probably won’t release anytime soon, as Scott is currently working on the MGM crime movie House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga, moving on to Kitbag after that.
Scott and Comer have worked together before, as he directed her in the period movie The Last Duel, which also stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver. “Insiders say Scott was blown away by her work during production of the film, which wrapped at the end of last year,” the report said.
Kitbag–which is a reference to the line, “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag”–is just the latest big get for Apple Studios. In 2020, Apple signed the new movie Emancipation from Antoine Fuqua and starring Will Smith, as well as Killers of the Flower Moon from Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
As for Comer, she’s expected to film Killing Eve season 4 this year, while she is set to appear in the Ryan Reynolds video game movie Free Guy later in 2021.